Workers on the University of Iowa campus are installing a 1,500-foot removable flood wall to encircle the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories (IATL) site this week.
The “invisible” flood wall is a series of panels that can be quickly constructed to keep out floodwater and then taken down and stored when not in use. The IATL flood wall is the second and longest flood wall built on the UI campus following the 2008 flood; the UI’s first flood wall was constructed at Art Building West in 2010.
The flood wall will protect to an elevation two feet above the 500-year flood plain level.
The flood wall is part of a larger flood mitigation and permanent recovery project to protect the Frank Geary-designed, copper- and stainless steel-clad building from future flooding.